Four students in and two advisors for Beta Phi Upsilon, Cowley College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter in Mulvane, attended the Kansas-Nebraska Leadership Conference on Sept. 23-24 in Hays.

Beta Phi Upsilon members

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On the first outing of the chapter on a region level, Beta Phi Upsilon won the Channing Chant contest, in which chapters introduced themselves with a skit, song or cheer.

Advisors Tiffany and Chad Killblane encouraged the students to embrace the idea of BPU Pirates, the club’s chosen theme this year, and sing a parody of the Irish tune “Drunken Sailor” while waving around toy swords and wearing pirate-related props.

Channing, the Kansas-Nebraska bear mascot, is a very important tradition in the region and it is an honor for a chapter to win it. BPU will host Channing until the next competition. The students are excited to bring Channing to future meetings and club events, as well as adding to her travel bag of outfits.

Students also participated in the region’s service project for September, a penny war between the chapters to raise money for Mulvane flood victims.

In two days, the Kansas-Nebraska region raised $342 and sent it home in a large bucket with BPU for more donations. The chapter is very proud to be part of such a caring region and thankful for everyone’s donations.

On Sept. 23, the region hosted Rachel Wagner, who educated the group on proper dining etiquette in business and formal dinner settings, before finishing the night at Freddy’s Frozen Custard.

Wagner continued the etiquette training Sept. 24 by providing an informative session on proper email writing, social media posting, joining a conversation and introducing two acquaintances.

Breakout sessions later that day featured Phi Theta Kappa training, in which students learned the history of the organization and participated in discussion about membership recruitment and fundraising.

Other breakout sessions included running for regional or international office, alumni associations and the basics of the Honors in Action topic.

BPU members in attendance included president Keely Rocha, officers Mickie Grantz and Kylie Kester, and Courtney Anderson.

“Every time I attend one of these conferences, I leave so pumped up for Phi Theta Kappa,” Rocha said to the rest of BPU.

“The key is that we have to transfer our enthusiasm to the rest of our group.”

Beta Phi Upsilon is looking forward to the next regional conference and sending out invitations to eligible students soon so they also can experience all that Phi Theta Kappa has to offer.

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.